NEW YORK (JTA) – A Baltimore judge will not drop the charges against two Jewish brothers accused of beating a black teenager.
Judge Pamela White on Tuesday denied the motion to drop the charges against Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, according to The Associated Press.
The brothers have pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree assault, false imprisonment and carrying a deadly weapon in the alleged beating of Corey Ausby in November 2010. They face up to 13 years in prison if convicted on all three counts.
At the time of the incident, Eliyahu, now 24, was a member of the Jewish neighborhood watch group Shomrim. Avi is now 21.
On April 26, White also denied a separate motion filed on behalf of Ausby to drop the charges.
"It was not your decision whether to bring charges against the defendants, it’s the state’s decision," she told the teen, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The Sun reported that Ausby said on the stand, "I been wanting to drop the charges all the time, I didn’t even want to go through [this].”